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John Carter trailer arrives

JohnCarter.jpgWow. I did not expect that. Although I'm no great aficionado of story in all its forms, I do know the story and when I heard it was being made into a film I certainly expected a style and a tone to it. However that was nothing like the style and tone which greeted me with the trailer for the Andrew Stanton directed John Carter.

The trailer, the slow considered pace, and the excellent choice of music really give a great feel for what to expect from the cinematic adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars.

The trailer for John Carter really isn't what I was expecting. I thought we'd see effects galore, action sequences and powerful music. That's the opposite of what we see.

While there are effects the only one that looks like an effects shot is that of the alien, and even then it doesn't stand out as being effects. There's so much more practical work in there than I expected, particularly in the wide vistas, of which there are many. Indeed some of the landscape shots feel like we're watching an epic western.

The blurb that comes with the trailer tells us the story to expect.

From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes "John Carter"--a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). "John Carter" is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present.

The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

I love the way the trailer has underplayed everything, and yet by doing so we're seeing a glimpse of an exciting film that might offer us much more than we expected.

Andrew Stanton has adapted the screenplay and directed the film, and it seems quite a way from the Pixar films of Wall-E (Filmstalker review) and Toy Story 3 (Filmstalker review), amongst the other great titles he's been involved in since the original Toy Story.

The film stars a great list of talent too, Mark Strong, Bryan Cranston, Ciarán Hinds, Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, James Purefoy, Dominic West, Thomas Haden Church and Samantha Morton all star.

You definitely need to watch the trailer which you can see over at Apple Trailers in high definition or right here.



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